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Prince - Little Red Corvette (1983)

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“Little Red Corvette” is a song by American recording artist Prince. The song combines a drum machine beat and ...

“Little Red Corvette” is a song by American recording artist Prince. The song combines a drum machine beat and slow synth buildup for the verses and a full rock chorus. Backing vocals were performed by Dez Dickerson and Lisa Coleman and the guitar solo was also played by Dickerson. In the song, Prince narrates a one-night stand with a beautiful but promiscuous woman (the “Little Red Corvette” of the title); although he enjoys the experience, he urges her to “slow down” and “find a love that’s gonna last” before she destroys herself. In addition to the title, he uses several other automobile metaphors, for example comparing their lovemaking to a ride in a limousine.

Released as a single from the album 1999 in 1983, the song was his biggest hit at the time, and his first to reach the top 10 in the U.S., peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It was also his first single to perform better on the pop chart than the R&B chart. The single was released with another 1999 track, “Let’s Pretend We’re Married”. Following Prince’s death in April 2016, the song re-charted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at number 29. It rose to number 20 one week later. It has sold 1.08 million digital copies in the United States.

A 12″ dance remix of the song was released to accompany the single, and it continues where the album version fades out. The US single was originally released with the album track “All the Critics Love U in New York” as the B-side, and in the UK, two separate single releases had it backed with “Lady Cab Driver” or “Horny Toad”. Separate UK 12″ releases had the song paired with “Automatic” and “International Lover”, or “Horny Toad” and “D.M.S.R.”. Later, it was released as a double A-side with “1999”, thus peaking at number two in the UK in January 1985. On Prince’s 2006 compilation album Ultimate, the dance remix of “Little Red Corvette” was a featured track.

Music video

“Little Red Corvette” (directed by Bryan Greenberg and released in February 1983) was Prince’s second music video played on MTV. The first was “1999” the previous year before Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and after Musical Youth’s “Pass the Dutchie”.

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